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in print. Perhaps it appeared in one of the numbers of the Centinel which I have not received. I get them very irregularly. Apropos, as I am no longer P. M. G., I have no claim to Mr. Russel's attention in the way of newspapers, and I am too poor to become a subscriber. I therefore wish them to be discontinued, and that my thanks may be given to Mr. Russel for past favours.
Thank you for your offer of correcting the press. Should I print, it will probably be in Philadelphia, where I shall be myself.
Your Historical Column will be an ornamental record. Should not the arrows turn with the eagle? If so, how can the conductor be fixed in such a way that they will serve as points for it?
I hope Byles's executors will return a proper inventory into the office. If they do, perhaps we may be gratified with some extracts from it bye and bye, as we have already with those from Dr. Franklin's will. The coins may form a valuable part of your University Musseum.
I have lately been informed of the death of good Dr. Clarkson* He lived an ornament to the Christian name, and died the death of the righteous. No death has lately happened in which I have felt so great a loss. However, it cannot be many years before ,we shall be reunited, and the friendship begun on earth will be perfected in heaven.
Mrs. H. joins me in the most sincere regards to yourself and family; and I am, dear sir,
Your affectionate friend, Eben. Hazard.
* Gerardus Clarkson, M.D., an eminent physician of Philadelphia .He is referred to in the earlier part of this correspondence by the name of "Ulysses." He died Sept. 19, 1790, aged fifty-three.—eds.
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
Boston, Dec. 7, 1790.
Dear Sir, — I suppose by this time you are settled in Philadelphia. Pray let me know in what spot. In my last, I desired you to enquire about paper for my History. I think William Young, who prints the Asylum, can give you information; for the paper which he uses for that work is very nearly of the same quality, though rather larger. I wish to know how long credit will be given.
Dr. Rush has written me an excellent letter, giving me an account of the death and character of Dr. Clarkson, of whom he speaks in the most exalted terms as one of the best of men, and to whom he was greatly indebted, especially on a religious account. One of his expressions is, "He was 20 years ahead of me in his attention to the one thing needful." Pray give me an account of the situation in which his family is left; and, when you have an opportunity to write, let Cornelia know of it. She seems fond of corresponding with me, and I am equally pleased with it.
Can you tell me who writes the "Impartial Review" of American publications in the Asylum? N. W. I find is under inquisition, and has some deserved strictures. I believe I should, before now, have let loose my pen against some of his nonsense, had he not connected himself with a family with some branches of which I have a very agreeable connection.
We have had an exhibition in this town, of a singular nature. A Monsieur L'Arive,* from Guadaloupe, died here about a month ago. At the time of his death, Mr Rouselet, the French priest, was absent on a visit to the Indians of Pennobscot, and the French here do not approve of Abbe Thayer, so they got Dr. Parker to read the Protestant Church service at his funeral. When Rouselet came home, he persuaded the widow to let him perform a requiem, after the Roman model. For this purpose, they obtained leave of Dr. P. and his vestry to use his church. Accordingly, last Thursday, Trinity Church was decorated with the insignia of popish idolatry, in the chancel, directly under the 2d commandment; and, after the Mass was said, a sermon followed, the whole composing as complete a farce as can well be conceived. The more they expose their religion to public shew, the more its absurdities appear; and it is become an object of ridicule even to our children. You know how much stress they lay on the argument from the unity of their church. Their conduct here is a most brilliant comment on this argument, for the French and Irish papists cannot meet in the same place without quarrelling. Once the peace officers were called in to prevent them from coming to blows. Such is the unity of the Catholic Church in Boston.
* See " Columbian Centinel," Nov. 10, 1790, where the name is spelled "Larine." — Eds.
If you please, you may give the above paragraph to Fenno; but I do not want to have it known that I wrote it.
Our best regards to Mrs. Hazard. Tell her that the vessel which went to Malaga for raisins did not arrive till the day after Thanksgiving. But we shall have plenty of plumb pudding and mince pies for Christmas.
Yours affectionately, Jere. Belknap.
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
Philadelphia, January 14, 1791.
Dear Sir, — Few things have occurred more frequently, to my remembrance, than that I had several of your letters unanswered; and yet so it has happened from various causes that I am still your debtor. I feel ashamed of it, and yet I do not feel guilty. Should the jealousy
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of friendship lead you to remark, "He wrote to Mr. Morse, why could he not have written to me?" let its clamors be silenced by the recollection that I wrote to Mr. Morse by post. Removing from New York, sickness in my family, engaging in a new business, entering into a partnership, are among the causes of my silence. But enough of this.
I desired Mr. Morse to inform you that paper was not to be had here, unless bespoke some time beforehand, and that good paper cannot be made in the winter. From these circumstances, I think it will not be possible to get what you want piade so soon as April. If a later time will do, and you wish to have the paper bespoke, let me know, and it shall be done. There is very little prospect of getting it from New York, as most of the printing paper used there is manufactured in this State.
Since writing the above, I have been home to dinner (for you must know we keep our office in Market Street), and while there received yours of the 5th inst., from which I apprehend Mr. Morse had not then delivered the message. However, I shall go on with your other letters.
You ask me if an Antiquarian Society cannot be established here. Perhaps it might, and perhaps the thing might be considered as falling within the Philosophical Society's department. I can hardly judge of it, for my pursuits and engagements are necessarily so very different now from what they were formerly, that I cannot even visit a man of science, as such. How came you to scandalize Mr. T. A. so much as to say, "He is the son of Ilewes and Anthony"?
Yes, 1 am seated in Philadelphia, but not so conveniently as I could wish. My dwelling-house is No. 128 in Second, between Race and Vine Streets, and our office is No. 173 in Market Street. I have entered into partnership with Mr. Jonas Addoms, whom you probably know. We have had as much business, for the time, as we had any right to expect; but I have not made enough to pay my expences since I came here. However, business increases; and I hope it will ultimately prove better than the post-office.
Dr. Rush has not written in too exalted terms of Dr. Clarkson; for, though his attachment to him was strong, the Doctor's merit was equally great. It is thought his estate will not do much more than pay his debts. It was thought adviseable for the family to separate, and that the furniture should be sold. Good Mrs. Finley, who has long been ripe for heaven, now lives with her brother, Alderman Clarkson. Cornelia and Becky live with their brother, the doctor; and the rest of the family, with the other married son, Joseph, an Episcopal clergyman.
I am told the writers of the "Impartial Review," in the Asylum, are Europeans, some of the masters in the College, but do not know whether my information may be depended on. N. W. deserved a lashing, and 1 think he has had it. His whippers mistook in using "miserified" as the contrary of "happified;" for "mis$rified" is all Latin, whereas only one-half of happified is such. Miserablefied would have been a better word for their purpose.
Mons. L'Arive must have been well buried, as both Protestants and Papists had an hand in the business. I think St. Peter will be very civil to Dr Parker when he goes "at Heaven's gate to rap." Fenno and I both thought it not adviseable to publish the story here, where the Papists are numerous and respectable. The best way to destroy Popery in the country will be to let it alone.
Yes, my friend, I will cheerfully undertake the office of collector and banker for you; and, as such, I have this day received 80} dollars from Mr. Wingate for you. One of your subscription papers hangs up in our office, but there is no name to it yet except my own. By " stitched in blue " do you mean what the binders commonly mean by that, or in boards?